Dinner with Friends plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. FURTHER READING. Donald Margulies’ play Dinner with Friends was written, he says, like all his works, “to reflect observations I’m having at that time in my life. Dinner With Friends. by Donald Margulies. “Dinner with Friends is a thought provoking bitter-sweet drama.” Stage Review. “Donald Margulies is an.

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At this point in the play, Karen is also a little jealous of Beth. Karen and Gabe are bubbling over with the details of their recent trip to Europe. Oct 14, Justin rated it liked it. Jul 09, Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it. Late as it is, he rushes over to his friends in the next scene to present his side of the story.

Gabe thinks Tom has stepped off the path and needs to be brought back in.

Karen and Gabe are absorbed in the aftermath of learning that their closest friends have separated. This would make donqld think that it was greeted with critical applause in every published account. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. These characters are very relatable as real people, it’s not caricatures as is so common with modern plays.

By cutting back and dimner in time, Margulies creates a mood of bittersweet nostalgia, touching on an extremely topical subject: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. But when one of the couples divorces, the friendship is thrown for a loop and the intact couple must confront some of the more unpleasant of life’s realities.

Beth is still playing for sympathy, as she complains about how awful Tom is as an dlnald father.


Gabe first reacts to the dream by thinking that the younger, more invigorated couple might have been Beth and Tom. They turn the subject back to food to make her feel better and them criends comfortable. Considering that the play revolves around divorce and the challenges of staying in love, anything more than subtle humor would distract from the more serious elements of the play.

Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies

Karen and Gabe, however, are not so open and thus their dialogue rarely talks about the issues that sonald the two couples; Margulies shows their relationship and these doubts through simple conversations about food and nodded agreements. Tom and Beth, however, were not so successful.

Jun 21, Michelle Winters rated it liked it Shelves: Reading into this proclamation, the audience hears the following: You sometimes lose all feeling for friends you expected to love forever. As Beth, Julie White again proves herself a complete comedienne down to those dlnner inchoate noises that convey seismic tremors; as Tom, Kevin Kilner goes from likable to ludicrous without skipping a beat.

This thematic element is ever-present in the aptly-titled Dinner with Friendsan eventful but quiet and moving meditation on challenge and communication in relationships of every kind. An example of this use of humor is seen in the final scene of the play, when Gabe and Karen play their little game, in which Gabe pretends to scare Karen.

Dinner With Friends

There is ,argulies flashback to 12 years earlier when Beth and Tom met, and it is a nice history after the first act. Believable characters and thought-provoking dialog. At once tender and disturbing Not only does he create vivid detail of a marriage in decline, he also brilliantly depicts the couple’s closest friends, and how this new mirror to their own marriage sends them through a whirlwind of raw emotion and self-reflection. Open Preview See a Problem?


A Play Donald Margulies Snippet view – The challenge in relationships is to figure out how to foster that change without destroying the relationship. In a year where the other two nominees were Suzan-Lori Parks and August Wilson, it is perhaps interesting to note that this play is full of the privileged white experience.

When Karen, feeling insecure, finally notices that Beth is distracted, she concludes that something frienda have been wrong with the dinner. My library Help Advanced Book Search. See all upcoming witu performances.

Four of his plays are of prime importance: No matter how much I stir, my soup still sticks to the pot. Since they were trying so hard to be other people, they lost their natural and intuitive abilities to figure out what changes were necessary and how to make the necessary transitions. However, what happens when a marriage does not work and the foundation that eventually led to that marriage was an erroneous one?

In the play, Gabe and Karen are the stable couple. Margulies is a master of observing what might seem old hat with fresh eyes, hearing it with fresh ears. She also feels a little guilty about having gone on the trip without Beth. The relationship between Gabe and Tom has even less of a future.

Being a baby boomer myself, with friends who have divorced and some of them for similar reasons, I didn’t think Mr.